December 11, 2013
The First of Many editions of Madame Bovary
As far as I know, this film was the first one dramatizing the character of Flauberts Madame Bovary.
It is interesting to notice how filmmakers have had different perceptions of her.
In Unholy Love she is a naive and vulnerable person, whose obvious lower class background is held against her, while her obvious beauty is an asset to climb socially and become a succesfull doctor's wife.
Being bored with her idle life, she falls into the same traps, the original Bovary fell into: spending too much money, and occupying her time with something she calls love. Like the first Bovary, she mistakes her lover's interest in her for the real thing. She claims, that she will kill herself, having been rejected by her lover and having realized that the affair had a different, less serious meaning to him.
We cannot know, if her car accident is accidental, or meant to be.
This edition of Madame Bovary is really interesting, and I liked the film because it allows the Bovary girl to be innocent and seems to forgive her her innocence. She just cannot help it!
October 23, 2013
Soap opera 1930's Style
If this had been made in the 1960's, Lana Turner would have been perfect for the lead. Of course, she would have chewed the scenery so much that there would have been litttle left for the rest of the cast to sink their teeth into.
A gal from the wrong side of the tracks hooks a young doctor. Her father in law is a doctor as well and is very wealthy, so they all live very comfortably for America in 1932.
Young doctor works long hours, wife is shunned by the high society matrons and so who is left for little wife to wile away the hours with except the men of high society who are bored becaouse their women are all hanging out together and shunning women who are "beneath" them.
Oh yeah! There is ONE female willing to be nice to the "tramp wife"... the former girlfriend of young doctor who he jilted to marry the tramp.
I absolutely LOVED the clothes worn by Mrs. Young Doctor aka "the TRAMP". The dress she is wearing in the garden when she meets het first conquest is GORGEOUS! As is the evening gown she wears when she goes to a dance with her long-suffering father in law. So pretty!